Dress, House of Dior (French, founded 1947), (a) wool
(b) silk, nylon (?), French


Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Yves Saint Laurent (French (born Algeria) Oran 1936–2008 Paris)
(a) Textile by Rodier (French, founded 1852)
spring/summer 1958
(a) wool
(b) silk, nylon (?)
Credit Line:
Gift of Imogene Schubert, 1958
Accession Number:
C.I.58.66a, b
Not on view
The trapezoidal silhouette that Saint Laurent invented for his first collection at Dior was an immediate success, in part because its geometric formalism seemed to align fashion with contemporary art and design. The invention was to create a form that was not primarily determined by the waist and that seemed to have a life and raison d'etre beyond fashion's avowal of body.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Yves Saint Laurent: 25 Years of Design," December 6, 1983–September 2, 1984.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Waist Not," March 30, 1994–August 21, 1994.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Fashion," October 23, 1967–January 1, 1968.

National Gallery of Victoria. "Fabulous Fashion (1907–67)," 1981.

The Palace Museum, Beijing. "Yves Saint Laurent 1958–1985," May 7, 1985–July 14, 1985.

Musée de la Mode et du Textile. "Yves Saint Laurent, 28 Annees de Creation," May 30, 1986–October 26, 1986.

State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. "Dior: Couturier du Rêve," April 26, 2011–July 30, 2011.